Just the other day I had someone message me about how much a family session was. I told her my price and her response was, “Wow, that’s expensive”. I really did not know what to say, I was rather offended. This inquiry was not the first time I had heard the response of prices being, “too expensive”. I used to think as a consumer that photography prices were outrageous too, until I saw the break down for myself on paper and REALLY understood once I was the second shooter for several weddings. And I was just the second shooter!
Now that I have started my photography business it is all crystal clear and I want others to understand the reasoning behind the pricing. I just simply want to show you a few different break downs and then you can develop your own opinion about the pricing, not just my prices but other photographers that you may think charge “too much”.
Photography Sessions Are Filled with “Hidden Hours.”
First I want to talk about some other things other than just my prices that should be taken into consideration. Most sessions are typically done on weekends, that is the only time I see my fiance because of our work schedules. So right there I am missing out on time spent with family. I do not get paid for holidays or overtime. I don’t get paid vacation days. Being a self-employed photographer does not provide insurance. It’s just me; I take care of every aspect alone, the advertising, setting up bookings, following up with clients and potential leads, editing, etc. Does it sound like I am complaining? It may sound that way but in NO WAY am I! I love photography! I love making people happy and giving them memories they can cherish forever. I give it 110%! My prices are A LOT lower than the photographers that I am going to post links to. They have written their on blog post about why photography costs so much, but it’s still the same concept. I felt it was best to direct you to some much more experienced photographers. I also don’t want to undermine any other photographers, or miss anything by explaining it myself.
Here are a few great links:
Professional Child Photographer
Stephanie Lynn Photos
If you still think my prices are too much, take a look at a few screenshots of other photographers prices. Note, I don't think there is anything wrong with these prices.
And the most simple explanation in my opinion:
Do you feel any different about photography pricing? Did you learn anything? Or did you always think the prices were reasonable? Let me know in the comments.